From J.K. Rowling, a warm, fast-paced, funny fairy tale of a fearsome monster, thrilling adventure, and hope against all odds.

Once upon a time there was a tiny kingdom called Cornucopia, as rich in happiness as it was in gold, and famous for its food. From the delicate cream cheeses of Kurdsburg to the Hopes-of-Heaven pastries of Chouxville, each was so delicious that people wept with joy as they ate them.

But even in this happy kingdom, a monster lurks. Legend tells of a fearsome creature living far to the north in the Marshlands... the Ickabog. Some say it breathes fire, spits poison, and roars through the mist as it carries off wayward sheep and children alike. Some say it's just a myth...

And when that myth takes on a life of its own, casting a shadow over the kingdom, two children - best friends Bert and Daisy - embark on a great adventure to untangle the truth and find out where the real monster lies, bringing hope and happiness to Cornucopia once more.

Featuring full color illustrations by children from across the United States and Canada, this original fairy tale from one of the world's most celebrated storytellers will captivate readers of all ages.

Hardcover, 304 pages
Published on November 10, 2020 by Scholastic Inc.
ISBN-10: 1338732870
ISBN-13: 9781338732870
61 Book Reviews
  • pastelea
    pastelea5 months22 stars
    I did not really like the book but that was before I started to read Harry Potter so I will read it again and see if I like it.
    • erincs2010
      erincs20105 months55 stars
      I read it when it first came out! And let me tell ya it took forever to finish I started to loose ingress like maybe half way through.🤔IDK but I did end up finishing it! It was really good! You should really read it! -Hugs!🤗
      • doglover346
        doglover3466 months55 stars
        I love king Fred he is my fave character
        • doglover346
          doglover3466 months55 stars
          I read this book and I think it is really cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
          • cherrywillow23
            cherrywillow236 months55 stars
            great book
            • watermeloneagle
              watermeloneagle6 months44 stars
              I love it. You would to if you like harry potter.😍sad but good.😥😁You should totally read it as soon as possible!
              • dream_beyond
                dream_beyond8 months55 stars
                Once upon a time, in the land of Cornucopia lived King Fred the fearless, everyone was happy and the food was delicious, there was nothing to be afraid of, well, except for one thing, the Ickabog. The Ickabog was said to be as tall as two horses and with eyes like glowing lamps! But that was just a tale. One day King Fred the Fearless announced that he would be going on a journey to the Marshlands to find the Ickabog! Of course because the Ickabog was just a tale, some people laughed at him and thought he was crazy! But before we go on an adventure to the Marshlands let me first introduce you to Lord Spittelworth and Lord Flapoon, who, as the King says, are his best friends, but really, he doesn't know them very well, because Lord Spittelworth and Lord Flapoon are really only pretending to be his friend. When King Fred the Fearless and his crew arrived at the Marshlands everything suddenly... changed. The lush green grass withered into brown dry grass, the sheep were so skinny, and everyone was unhappy. The King was overwhelmed and hurried along to find the Ickabog. When they reached the area where the Ickabog was spotted at everything turned wrong. The King's men got stuck in the marsh, and the King himself got stuck, but the worst part was when the King spotted the Ickabog and dropped his sword. So, he asked his best friends to go and retrieve it for him. But then one of them gets frightens and accidentally shoots Major Beamish! Oh no, what a pity, I will just have to make it seem like the Ickabog did it, and can you guess who would have most likely said it? Of course, Lord Spittelworth. And so he used this advantage to frighten the land of Cornucopia into thinking that the Ickabog was real! And soon people had to close their shops down, and the land of Cornucopia started to crumble, the people grew poor and couldn't support their families so they had to put their children in an orphanage. This is when Bert and Daisy come in, they try saving the Land of Cornucopia, but, I can tell you, it was not not easy. I enjoyed this book a lot and my takeaway was to not judge others by mere appearances, but by their hearts. Or in a way you could say, "Don't judge a book by it's cover!" I hope you do decide to read this wonderfully written book by J.K. Rowling, Happy Reading!
                • adroit_avimimus
                  adroit_avimimus9 months55 stars
                  Once again Rowling did it, never afraid to write about grown-up problems and serious themes for children. I've never expected any less from her. Hatred brings only more hatred - a lesson everyone should've learnt as a child but unfortunately many grown-ups can benefit from this book's lessons. I don't even know what would be my response for readers who rate the book without reading it and just saying that they started to hate Rowling for her behaviour. I didn't read the latest news about her, as I didn't want anything to have even a little influence on my feelings towards the writer who created my escape world. I love her as an author not because of HP, but for being the contemporary author I read, no matter it's crime fiction or children's literature. This book was a little surprise and kind of appetizer before Strike #5 is out. It's a good story. I don't think I would be that captured if I were 10-11, it seemed a little long for that age. No matter what, I enjoyed it immensely.
                  • yourpuppylover1
                    Wow you're review was so descriptive. Awesome 👌 👏 👍
                  • bamagirl13
                    bamagirl139 months
                    I want to read this because it looks like a book I would REALLY LIKE and enjoy!(I LOVE reading so that's why:) I also read comments about it and people say that they really enjoy it so I would like to try to read it!!!
                    • rykycalo-162693574537
                      rykycalo-1626935745379 months44 stars
                      Great book!